Attendance requirements at Final Defense

The Graduate School expectation is that the student and all members of the dissertation committee be physically present at the student’s Final Defense of the dissertation. At the very least, the student and the dissertation committee chair(s) must be physically present. For committee members who cannot attend in person, synchronous audio-visual access, such as Skype, is required. The defense will be held during business hours. Electronic signatures on the Defense form will be accepted, but each committee member must sign the title page of the dissertation.